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Advanced Eco Certification

In 2011 we achieved accreditation through Eco Tourism Australia for both our Shark Cage Diving and Swim with the Sealions tours accreditation keeping us at the forefront of sustainable tourism in Australia.

We are the largest and only employers of Eco Certified Guides in the Shark Cage Diving industry in Australia with our Skippers being Eco Certified Guides. 

Advanced Eco Certification demonstrates our commitment to tourism excellence with strong interpretation values and commitment to nature conservation while helping local communities. This coupled with our long association with the CSIRO display our commitment to shark preservation and research. Our commitment to the CSIRO research has seen us making financial contributions and also ‘on the ground’ support.

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Carbon Neutral

Calypso Star Charters has undertaken to be a Carbon Neutral operation. In July 2016 we engaged the services of Canopy (Greening Australia) to audit our fossil fuel usage and CO2 emissions and offset 100% of our CO2 emissions.

Calypso Star Charters are an environmentally conscious operator with our Shark Cage Diving and Swim with the Sealion tours operating within Marine Protected Areas. Our policy is to be as energy efficient as we can in order to reduce our CO2 emissions from fossil fuel. Canopy’s annual audit and management plan allows us to offset any unavoidable CO2 emissions that we may make by retiring certified carbon reduction units on our behalf.

Our tours operate in the challenging marine environment and we visit some of the most pristine locations in South Australia. We strive to have minimal impact on the areas we operate and the animal we see. Some methods we adopt to minimise the use of fossil fuel include meticulous vessel maintenance to ensure peak operating efficiency and carefully monitoring passenger demand to vary the number of tours operated.

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In July 2016 Calypso Star Charters became a Carbon Neutral company through an energy audit and offsets through Canopy. We are committed to the protection of the environment and the minimisation of our carbon emissions.

Following extensive research, Calypso Star Charters engaged South Australian company Class A Energy Solutions to supply and install a 15.37KW Photovoltaic electricity generation system at our office at the Port Lincoln Marina. The grid connected system is large enough to supply 100% of the electricity to run or office and vessel shore power requirements, with additional electricity fed into the grid to offset purchases from the grid during times of decreased generation. The increased size of the system will also partially offset power consumption for our bait storage which is provided off site. Electricity consumption accounts for 4% of our total emissions, a figure which will reduce to between 1 and 2% following the installation of the solar system.

The system is expected to deliver an average of 70 KW/h per day during spring, summer and autumn, more than double our current needs. The system is expandable in the future and battery storage capacity can also be added at a later stage to enable full independence from the grid. The system comprises of 53, 290 watt JA Solar panels connected to a 15KW 3 phase Fronius inverter. The installation was completed over 2 days with no disruption to our office operations.

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Shark Research

Flinders University's Southern Shark Ecology Group was awarded a Monitoring and Research contract by DEWNR for 3 years from July 2016.

This research monitors the visitation patterns and temporary residency period of the sharks that we see. Information is used in the dynamic management of the Shark Cage Diving Industry to guide decisions regarding Non Activity Days.

In addition to the contracted research, Flinders University excels in White Shark research and collaborates with research institutions around the world. Calypso Star Charters is a proud supporter of Dr Charlie Huveneers and his team.

Charlie is a frequent guest on board our charters, tagging sharks and deploying or retrieving monitoring equipment. We provide shark images that are used in a growing ID catalogue.

The high frequency of our charters assists in gaining a better understanding of the visitation patterns as some sharks only visit for a day or two each year. We are proud to pass on your donations to Flinders University to assist funding White Shark research outside of the monitoring program.

You can donate to their shark research when making a booking.

Click HERE to read from Dr Charlie Huveneers

Contact us

Contact our Office on:

Telephone +61 (8) 8682 3939


Fax +61 (8) 8682 6877

Office Location 3/10 South Quay Boulevard, Port Lincoln SA 5606

Postal PO Box 2058, Port Lincoln, South Australia, 5606

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Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm

Saturdays & Public holidays 9:00am - 3:00pm

Sundays CLOSED*


+61 (8) 8682 3939

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